One day, when Archimedes and Hiero were having their favorite argument, Archimedes said that it was quite easy to apply mathematics to real things.
"In fact," he said firmly, "I have figured it out carefully, and there is no weight anywhere, that could not be moved if enough force were applied."
He waved his arm grandly under King Hiero's nose. "Had I but another earth on which to stand, my friend," he said, "I could move this earth itself."
. . . Though it was impossible for Archimedes to move the physical world, there is no doubt he moved the world of science.
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